Texas, as undoubtedly you have all seen, is having a really bad week. At least by now they are finally experiencing above freezing temperatures. I have a lot of family in Texas....my Mom is OK because the assisted living facility has a generator, so they didn't experience loss of power (thank God!), nor did they lose running water. My two sons (who live in the same house ~ younger one lives in the apartment attached to it, a great arrangement during Covid) never lost power or water either. My sister wasn't quite so lucky though. Their pipes froze ~ and possibly their water pump. They live in the country and have their own well...and have been without water for nearly a week. They were warm though, since they had plenty of oak firewood and a wood stove in the living room.
Some of the photos and videos we've all seen on tv this past week are so awful. I can't imagine my house with no power, no way to heat it, and no water. Did you see the photo of the icicles coming down from the ceiling fan? I know there were people who went from house to house depending on who had power. I saw one photo on the morning news showing a tent set up in the living room in an effort to warm it with their own body heat. Nowhere to go, the roads are icy. My heart goes out to all of those people.
We were cold for sure, but here in NM, we do sometimes get some very cold weather. We have water and power. The only gripe I had was the snow we had every day, and having to drive to work every morning in it. Yesterday was the worst. We had snow start in the early morning and the city didn't send out the salt trucks until after nearly all of us had made it in to work. My Rav4 did ok, I didn't slide around but for a tiny bit and made it in to work safe and sound. I was a bit ticked off at my employers ~ really they should have given us a two hour delay, because by 10 am it was melting and much safer to drive on.
By Friday ~ today, haha ~ the snow is completely gone from the roads. Romeo took the dog for a walk, and slipped and fell in the mud. I asked if he was ok, and he said yeah, the only thing hurt was his dignity, haha. It's very muddy and slushy, even though we are above freezing, the shady areas are still slick.
I hope all of you affected by the storm are doing better. Stay warm everyone! Help your neighbor....